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Project BOOST®

PI: Jing Li, MD, MS

The Project BOOST® Mentored Implementation Program was a year-long initiative wherein hospitals received expert mentoring and peer support to aid in improving the care of patients as they transition from hospital to home. BOOST mentors helped hospital teams to map current processes and create and implement action plans for organizational change. BOOST provided a suite of evidence-based clinical interventions that could be easily adapted and integrated into each unique hospital environment.

Tracking and Evaluation Core of UK's Center for Clinical and Translational Science

PI: Jing Li, MD, MS

CHSR implemented a comprehensive evaluation plan that engaged CCTS leadership, researchers, and staff in examining progress and impact in the field of translational science. Using internal resources and expertise gleaned from our ongoing work in the areas of healthcare transformation, community outreach and engagement, and quality improvement and evaluation, our CCTS T&E plan employed validated methods designed to accomplish tracking and performance monitoring, continuous quality improvement, process and implementation evaluation, and assessment of outcomes and impact indicators.

RISE: Examining Social Influences on Syringe Exchange Uptake Among Rural PWID at Risk for HIV

PI: Hilary Surratt, PhD

Rates of opioid use disorder and injection drug use have risen significantly in Kentucky, especially in rural communities. This two year study, funded by The National Institutes of Health to study the adoption of syringe exchange programs in rural communities in the Appalachian region of Kentucky, was designed to reach vulnerable injection drug users in Clark, Knox, and Pike counties to understand the multi-level barriers to accessing syringe exchange programs. That information would be used to identify priority intervention targets and strategies to increase uptake.

Social Network Analysis and Social Support Intervention for Rural Dwelling Older Adults with T2DM

PI: Brittany Smalls, PhD, MHSA

This study's objective was to improve T2DM self-care regimens in older rural dwelling adults by using social network analysis to determine social network structures and identifying influential community members. These influential members were then trained as community health workers to provide social support to and promote self-care behaviors among the target population (rural-dwelling older adults with T2DM).